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A Heartfelt Thank You to the Queen of Compost

Updated: Jan 16, 2023

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart.” – Elizabeth Andrew

As she steps out of her role as Compost Chair, the VISTA Gardens family wants to express our sincere thanks to M.J. Wentzel for her years of dedication. During her tenure, she blazed a trail, working tirelessly to update the compost area with a large shade covering, new bins, new sifting stations and so many other improvements. Her energy, lively music and sheer love of vermicomposting kept volunteers engaged, and fellow volunteers like Jim Foley praised her tenacity and dedication. For years, M.J. led the charge for all things compost related. "M.J. developed the Food Pantry pickup process that’s been so successful,” said Jim. That success helped VISTA generate about 16 tons of compost last year.

M.J. educated children—and anyone else who would stand still long enough—about vermiculture and her beloved Red Wigglers. Rolfe Evenson said, "Everything we have at the garden related to vermiculture is really from the work and research M.J. has done." Here is a tribute in pictures to the Queen of Compost.

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